By Mumini Abdulkareem
For Kwara State to be economically viable, indigenes must take the bull by the horn and embark on massive investment in the state.
President, Kwara State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA), Alhaji Ahmed Adeoye Raji, gave the charge at the Ojude Oba festival in Ijagbo on Saturday.
Raji said such investment will create massive employment opportunities, especially for the youths, who constitute larger part of the population in the state.
He noted that government alone cannot solve state issues and economy without a robust synergy from the private sector and called on well-meaning Kwarans to invest massively in the local economy.
The KWACCIMA boss, who was the chairman of the occasion, thanked the community for organising the programme, adding that “there can never be development without peace and unity, adding that chaos, misunderstanding and grudges will never bring development and I believe programme like this will foster peace and unity among the people”.
The Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) of Oyun, Mr Gabriel Odogun, explained that the programme would not only foster love and unity among the people but create friendship among the youth.
In his remarks, the National President, Ijagbo Descendants Union (IDU), Mr. Tunde Oyawoye, congratulated the people for supporting the community with their resources and for allowing peace and unity to reign.
Represented by Mr Samuel Akinola, Oyawoye implored the ljagbo people not to renege in their efforts to develop the community and bring it to urban standard.
He said community leaders would continue to create conducive environment for foreign residents living in Ijagbo.
The Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Mr. Tunde Adesina, stressed the importance of unity and peace among the Ijagbo people and urged the youth to shun bigotry in order to move the state and community forward.
In his speech, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Prince Ayo Fagbemi, pleaded with sons and daughters of the community to continue to contribute their quota to the socio economic development of Ijagbo land.
Onijagbo of Ijagbo, Oba Salaudeen Olagunju Adeyeye Fagbemi, Obebe II, implored them to continue to embrace peace in order to take the community to greater height.